From Illinois STAR Anne Truger…
I had absolutely no idea what the DEN was. I had been following this guy’s podcast, @teach42. I was so excited to hear that Teach42, also known as Steve Dembo, was actually going to present at the ICE Conference where I was presenting! Later that evening I was walking through the pool area where Discovery was throwing an event. I was invited in to have a seat. Steve came over and sat at my table, I was awestruck. My jaw fell on the floor even more when he dragged over a videocamera and asked to record me! He told me I needed to be a STAR this was the year that STARs were born! I also have to throw BIG THANKS out to Lori Abrahams, Charlene Chausis and Dick Marchessault, all of whom reached out and encouraged me to become a STAR. I have never regretted it and have grown in amazing ways since joining this incredible family. I give thanks every day for my DEN Family.
This is the time of year when people share things they are thankful for. In the DEN, we are thankful for all of you – the fantastic educators who love to share, collaborate, and learn from each other. Working with you over the years has been wonderful and the DEN wouldn’t be what it is without you. There are over 5,000 STARs in the DEN and we know the community has grown over the years because people have been sharing with their colleagues and showing how great the community really is.
With that in mind, we’d love to hear your DEN story of thanks. Is there a person who got you started with the DEN? Did some of your colleagues drag you along and now you’ll never go back? Is there a great story about how you became more involved? It’s time to give a big THANKS to those that have helped you.
Post it to your blog, Tweet it #DENthanks, or just email the person. Then tell us about it.
We’ve created a brief form for you to use to give thanks and tell your #DENthanks story. We’ll be sharing these on the DEN blogs and can’t wait to hear how so many wonderful educators got involved in the DEN.